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Colorado Income Tax Credit for Education, Initiative 17 (1998)

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The Colorado Income Tax Credit for Education Initiative, also known as Initiative 17, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have given a tax credit to the parents or legal guardians of children enrolled in public, non-public schools and non-public home-based educational programs.[1]

Election results

Colorado Initiative 17 (1998)
Defeatedd No782,98260.28%
Yes 515,942 39.72%

Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An amendment to the constitution of the state of Colorado concerning the establishment of an income tax credit for parents or legal guardians of children enrolled in public, non-public schools and non-public home-based educational programs, and, in connection therewith, requiring the General Assembly to establish an income tax credit for income tax years beginning in 1999; specifying the methods for determining the amount of such credit; establishing priorities for eligibility for such credit; establishing an educational opportunity fund to be used to offset the entire costs of such credit; prohibiting reductions in current per-student public school expenditures as a result of the measure or as a result of the transfer of students to non-public schools; prohibiting the state or any political subdivision thereof from using this section to increase their regulatory role over the education of children in non-public schools beyond that exercised and existent on January 1, 1998; and eliminating eligibility for the income tax credit of parents or legal guardians who send children to certain non-public schools, including those that illegally discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color or national origin or teach hatred.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 24, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.